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The Laundry Shed: 1941

The Laundry Shed: 1941

July 1941. "Children of FSA borrower on cut-over land. Itasca County, Minnesota." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Spry Can Repurposed

Perhaps the can with a saucer lid has grated bar soap to be used as laundry soap.

The Clue of the Leaning Chimney

Fear not, children, Nancy Drew will figure it out.

Brrrr ...

I'll guarantee that living through a winter in that building in Itasca County would be a bone-chilling existence. That washing machine will be unusable for at least 5 months. That huge crock on the right will, if it collects any water, be cracked in half by springtime.

On the other hand, the children look healthy and well-fed, as do many of the others pictured in farm-state locations, unlike some who lived in mining areas or inner cities.

Hope it's not too windy there

That chimney is giving lesson on how to dance the wah-wahtusi. A little to the left a little wiggle to the right.

Lubing the wringer?

I've never thought of Spry as a laundry additive. They must have used it to make wringing smoother.

As Opposed To

The living shed.

That washer

When I was in my early teens, in the 1960s, we spent summers at a place my grandmother owned in Duxbury, Mass. It was an old house, located on property which had been a shipyard in the 1800s. The house had been added onto multiple times, and had no basement except under one section, where there was a furnace. Located in that small room was a very close relative of the washtub and wringer shown in the photo. Never used while I was there, but the photo brought back the memory.

There Was A Crooked ...

Chimney. Topple is in its future. Maybe in the FALL.

Laundry Days

I bet washing clothes in January was "loads" of fun!

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